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Bethlehem OKs middle schooler’s fowl plan

Bethlehem Planning Board approves site plan allowing boy to raise pet chickens

A Delmar middle schooler will be able to raise chickens as pets after the Bethlehem Planning Board gave site plan approval for the project last week.

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All the trimmings close to home

Give thanks to area farmers, businesses by buying local ingredients

A bounty of area businesses and markets make shopping local for all the ingredients of a customary Thanksgiving dinner a relatively easy task.

State OKs farm ‘tax cap’

Agricultural land assessments held to 2 percent increase annually

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday, Oct. 22, capping agricultural land assessments at 2 percent annually. The measure aims to offer a more stable and predictable tax climate for the state’s agricultural industry.

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Tradition gets its own recognition

Altamont Fair’s museums are the star attraction for volunteers, history lovers

Every year, the Altamont Fair draws thousands of people with its flashier facets, from the newest rides to a destructive demolition derby. But for a slew of volunteers, the main attraction is one that flings you back in time.

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The apples are on

Growers say it’s back to business after last year’s poor apple crop

The New York State Apple Association is expecting the upcoming yield of the state’s official fruit to be strong given “near-perfect” growing conditions bolstered production to typical levels.

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All’s fair in Altamont

Three-county event marks 120th year, offers more than thrill rides and good eats

The Altamont Fair is opening its gates and welcoming patrons for its 120th year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, featuring many of the popular attractions people look forward to every year, with some new ones mixed into the three-county celebration as well.

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Family focus at Menands market

Event to feature hayrides, raffles, music, fresh produce and more

Spotlight News will once again be sponsoring Family Day at the Capital District Farmers Market in Menands.

New Scotland zoning change official

Town Board will pursue further zoning refinements

The Town Board on Wednesday, June 12, unanimously approved a widespread zoning change intended to better reflect the character of the community and what the land is suited to contain.

Farmers push for property tax relief

Farm Bureau wants to see land assessments capped at 2 percent

Agricultural advocates are concerned spiraling land values are discouraging industry growth in the Empire State.

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[Photo Gallery] Taking a peek at farm life

Indian Ladder Farms showcases baby animals and activities

Baby animals returned to Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont on Saturday, May 4, with children clamoring to chicks, ducklings, bunnies, lambs, pigs and goats.

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Growing green habits

Family-friendly Go Green Day to feature recycling, demos, good eats

Go Green Day 2013 will be held Saturday, April 27, at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. Several area groups worked together to create the educational event and recycling drop off, along with opportunities to donate a variety of items to local causes and organizations.

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Slim pickings for orchards

Growers try to make the best of a devastating apple season

Although a late frost in the spring has damaged a large portion of the area’s apple crops, local growers are still urging families to keep their annual tradition of visiting an apple farm this fall.

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Remembering Irene one year later - Photo Galleries

One year ago this week the Capital District face severe flooding from tropical storm Irene. Spotlight photographers documented what happened. Take a look back.

Guilderland bans hydrofracking

Few speak out against barring controversial drilling method

The Guilderland Town Board unanimously passed a ban on natural gas extraction within the town’s limits at a recent meeting in an attempt to preserve the “health, safety and welfare” of the municipality’s residents.

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Garden Club looks to children

Group dedicates garden in hopes of inspiring younger generation

The Bethlehem Garden Club is working to get younger generations more interested in local horticulture.